Today, the start to our trip wasn't exactly how we like to start any trip. We got a call from a local sport fishing boat of a deceased leatherback turtle. Leatherbacks are endangered and rare to see in our area. One had been reported floating in the area for the past 2 days so we decided we had a hearty enough crowd to investigate and obtain images for the folks at NOAA who keep track of these events.
A bit further offshore, we spotted our first blows- from living animals! But right before we got to the whales, a blue shark came up right in front of the boat! Great photo opportunity and views of this shy species! Blue sharks are usually about 5-8 feet long!
|Left flipper and fluke|
|Right flipper and fluke|
|Cajun, our flipper slapping humpback!|
|Crystal- hanging out with Cajun and getting a little active as well!|
|Crystal, the 1979 or 1980 calf of Salt who is famous for being the first humpback to be given a name!|
|Cajun- 2 flippers up!|
As we moved away from Cajun and Crystal, we approached Bat. She was no longer flipper slapping but instead diving deep.
|Bat, the humpback|
Also a small harbor seal popped up as we were leaving- perfect end to a great afternoon!
Thanks to all of our happy passengers and congratulations to Mary, winner of our raffle today!
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